By general definition, access control is any barrier or device that limits free and unfettered entry to your home or business. Doors would seem to be the simplest of access control devices, but they don’t actually limit entry until you add some form of locking system to secure the door. The goal is to allow ease of access for family, staff or clients, without compromising security. There are many options for electronic access control systems that are easy to use, install, and maintain. Adding electronic access control to your home or business can add a layer of protection and peace of mind while being affordable, easy to use, update, and maintain.
SIMPLE ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS:
We are all familiar with the most common access control device which is some form of mechanical lock that can be “controlled” or operated by insertion of the proper key. The lock in this case can be a padlock, a doorknob or lever-set, the door cylinder on your car, or really any type of lock that is controlled with a physical key. Mechanical locks are used on drawers, file cabinets, gates, bikes, boats, tool chests, and more, in addition to being used at the entrance to many homes and businesses.
Many businesses take this a step further by employing a Master Key System. In a typical Master Key program each lock/door, room, or area may have its own individual key which would be issued to an individual needing access to that one door or area only. In a large facility there can be many individual locks, each with an individual key. An owner or manager needing access to all areas might, in theory, need to carry a large ring of keys were it not for the development of Master Keys. In these systems, your locksmith determines a Master Key to be used on all locks along with a series of subordinate keys for use on individual locks. The locksmith will then set each lock, through use of the appropriate pins or tumblers, to accept the appropriate keys.
More complex Master Key Systems may also use Sub-Masters to control a limited group of locks, but not every lock in a facility. To illustrate, let’s use a sample business which has three departments: Administration, Sales, and Production. In the Sales Department, each salesperson would have a key to their individual office, while the Sales Manager would have a sub-master key allowing access to all sales offices. This would also be the arrangement for the other departments and department managers. However the General Manager would hold a Master Key allowing access to every door within all three departments.
ELECTRONIC ACCESS CONTROLS:
Keyless electronic access control systems can take many forms, and we would design a system specific to your needs and requirements. There are battery-operated, stand-alone locks with a numeric keypad, that can be used control one door. Stand-alone locks are also available that employ a card reader for access. Complex systems can control multiple doors with keypads, card readers, or bio-metric devices. Some of the common options and products are discussed below.